Friday, 20 October 2017

Family Friendly Holidays In The UK

Everyone needs a holiday now and again, right? Well, we have got to that stage of the year where we are looking to book some time away at a family-friendly place that of course will not cost a lot of money. We are aiming to do it during term time and early next year so the costs will be less, plus until Mabel starts school in a couple of years we are allowed to take holidays during these times.

So where do we start when searching for that perfect place?

Online is where I started trying to find those family-friendly places and I was then able to filter out those that cost just too much for us.

So here are a few places I found:

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Stowe House And Gardens

Last month I managed to visit a place I had been wanting to go to for a while, and that was Stowe House and Gardens. Based in Buckinghamshire it is part of the National Trust and is, in fact, an Independent School. The day I went was The Heritage Open Day which meant we got to experience it for Free.


Walking up the long path to get to the gardens was a little bit tiring, but when we got there I was blown away by the beauty of it. The gardens are vast with winding pathways leading to various buildings, statues, temples and bridges.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Meal Plan 16/10/17


Again this week I have had to be really careful with how much we spent on the food shopping, so I took cash with me in order to not use my card. I managed to pick up a couple of bargains and change my meal plan to suit them and saved money along the way. 

Meal Plan:

Cottage Pie

Baked Potato with Cheese

Bacon and Mushroom Risotto


Roasted Vegetable Couscous with Feta


Pesto and Tomato Tart

Pizza

Pesto Pasta


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Make £1000 Before Christmas Challenge


I am not sure if anyone has seen, joined up to or is aware that a blogger called Emma Drew has set up a challenge to make £1000 by Christmas

A lot of people end up getting into debt over the Christmas period which trickles into the New Year too. Starting the year off in debt happens to so many people so this challenge seems to be a very positive one.

Emma has created a free 10 week challenge (starting 16th October), which if you put the work in, you could make at least £100 a week in order to reach the £1000 target by Christmas. She will be posting in a private Facebook Group at least once a day a suggestion on a way you can earn money, so if you do want to join in then head over to her page and sign up for this challenge.

I will be joining in because I really like the idea of making money before Christmas rather than spending it, plus it seems like fun. In order to keep record of everything I will be posting up weekly about what I have done and how much, if anything, I have earned.

So let's get started!
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Friday, 13 October 2017

What Mabel Got For Her 3rd Birthday

This year I have managed to not pay full price for a single one of Mabel's birthday presents. You see I have been looking for items all throughout the year in order to save money because Birthdays and Christmas can be expensive. Plus she had a wonderful party with her friends which she just loved and got fabulous presents. Lucky Girl.

So here is what we got for Mabel.


- Play-doh Cake Party £3.25 (Tesco is now £14.95)
- Peppa Pig Race Game £2 (Asda Sale was £9)
- My Little Pony Tshirt £4 (Tesco Sale was £6)
- Orchard Toys Shopping List £5.72 (Amazon is now £7.50)
- Magical Mimi Flora the Fish £1 (Mothercare Sale was £5)
- Magical Mimi Fairy £1 (Mothercare Sale was £5)
- Magical Mimi Fashion Stage £2 (Mothercare Sale was £12)
- My Little Pony Equestrian Pinkie Pie £2.50 (Asda Sale was £12)
- My Little Pony Equestrian Rainbow Dash 2.50 (Asda Sale was £12)
- Beret Style Hat £1 (Asda Sale was £6)
- Wolly Hat £1 (Asda Sale was £5)

Total: £25.97

Note: This all should have all come to £94.45, but because everything was on offer I saved a massive £68.48 which is a 73% saving.
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